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|Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by jordanice007: 11:45am On Nov 18, 2014|
Nigeria secured the desired result against the Republic of Congo in Pointe-Noire thanks to goals from Ikechukwu Uche and Aaron Samuel. However, it could have all been a different story had the likes of Fode Dore and Thievy Bifouma, who repeatedly split the Super Eagles' defence open, had a bit of luck and composure in front of goal.
At the end of the day, the result is by far the most important announcement of a football match, but it would be unwise for Stephen Keshi to again rely on luck to see off South Africa, who, despite having secured qualification, have a score to settle with Nigeria.
In this feature we look at three players who should be replaced from the XI that started against the Republic of Congo due to their unconvincing performance in the game.
Keshi was lucky to have got away with his centre-back pairing of Azubuike Egwuekwe and Godfrey Oboabona.
The Warri Wolves captain possesses good height, which helps the team snuff out aerial threats from corner kicks and crosses into the box. However, his lack of pace was unbearable to watch at times and it almost cost the team against the Red Devils’ pacy forwards.
Such luxury might be too expensive against a more composed Bafana Bafana attack.
The 25-year-old is susceptible to been drawn out of position amateurishly, exposing Vincent Enyeama terribly.
Egwuekwe | Infamous struggles with pace
“The chance Dore fired wide,” Goal’s Solace Chukwu noted, “was a simple 1-2.
“Egwuekwe, instead of going with his man, follows the first pass and lets Dore run free,” he added.
A little accuracy from the Congolese striker’s shot when put through on goal or a slight deflection from another player could have seen the ball roll into the net.
Claude Le Roy must have identified the 6ft5 defender as the weak link in the Eagles’ defence and instructed his forwards to attack his channel consistently, and they almost reaped from the sustained pressure.
In the first half, the home side had a shout for penalty wrongly turned down by the referee, and, again, it was Egwuekwe with a terrible, penalty-conceding tackle in the 18-yard box of all places.
I have noted in one of my previous articles that the Lazio man is gradually turning into a rugby player and this is could put the team in trouble.
His combination with John Obi Mikel, as a double-pivot, looks glorious at times, hence the praise they both receive. However, Onazi’s influence in midfield has gradually waned over the last couple of games, and the decline could cost the team if not addressed promptly.
The tactical switch by Keshi to move Mikel up the pitch saw himself and Hope Akpan saddled with the task of shielding the back-four but the 23-year-old committed so many unnecessary fouls in dangerous areas, which could have led to a goal.
Onazi | Can he be trusted?
On one occasion, after a short altercation between himself and Emmanuel Emenike, he and Mikel looked set to engage in a boxing match on the pitch after some heated argument. The confrontation was intense, needing the intervention of others to restore peace.
Keshi can no longer turn a blind eye to Onazi’s knack for making wayward tackles, which puts the team under undue pressure. Smart players (and teams) would target this volatile behaviour and play to get him booked, and possibly sent off. Mikel’s early days at Chelsea should be a good handbook.
This last choice is a difficult but necessary one.
The Fenerbahce forward was involved directly in the penalty that led to Nigeria’s first goal but his overall performance was nothing to write home about. He is a big lad and obviously likes to muscle his way through defences but it has so far not helped his cause.
The coaching crew reacted positively to his goal drought by inviting Villarreal striker Ike Uche back into the team for the crucial tie, and he marked his return with a goal.
His goal drought aside (though that in itself is a good reason for him to be dropped), his attitude on the pitch against Congo left a lot to be desired.
Emenike | Drifting to the peripheries
For a player who has been giving a long rope to rediscover his form to make foul comments towards the bench was utterly disrespectful and he ought to be punished for that.
Besides, with Uche leading the line, Emenike’s reassignment to the wings doesn’t suit his style of play. He is not a winger. And he looks uncomfortable and inefficient on the flanks.
The Super Eagles have done the hardest job: securing a precious win away to Congo.
At home against South Africa, knowing the visitors have little or nothing to play for and might want to act as spoilers, silly errors, which would jeopardize the team’s effort so far, must be curbed in order to gain the result that would aid progress to finals in Equatorial Guinea: three points.
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|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by tuffgongjo(m): 12:05pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Egwuekwe isn't that a good player so he should be chop off,I always tell people that it is because onazi is always everywhere that is blinding them to his "big flaws" like rough$unneccessary tackles are dangerios positions,his wayward passes$shots.
Emenike should stay$patner Uche.
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|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by jordanice007: 12:16pm On Nov 18, 2014|
But is it not glaring that Emenike is unruly??
For a striker to celebrate a year without scoring ( for both club and country ) pls why is he still playing.
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Goke7: 12:23pm On Nov 18, 2014|
if emenike is dropped, will you guys not chop keshi's head off? keshi himself is in a dilemma concerning emenike, may be inviting martins back to the national team like he has done with uche may make emenike become either become a bench warmer or sit back in turkey, emenike should sit up or he will go the way of Ideye. If the aaron guy should score again in the next match, i pity emenike o
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Anyi3(m): 12:27pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Emenike doesn't score but he helps our attack, disturbs defenders and creates space for other attackers.
Your assessment of Onazi though is spot on, that guy is a walking red card. He makes so many untimely tackles. I've noticed that since world cup, when his leg was broken against France I was silently happy knowing at least we won't get a red card. That dude needs to improve his tackling.
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|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by jordanice007: 12:32pm On Nov 18, 2014|
that is why he is misbehaving, I'm sure if he is dropped for once he will fasten his sit belt
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by tbaba1234: 12:34pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Egwuekwe was one of the best players in the last game and since Oboabana is out, we do not have a choice.
Ambrose is the one, i'd axe... Can we get a right back please?
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by jordanice007: 12:39pm On Nov 18, 2014|
the main job of a Centre Forward is to score goals not to make assist for mid fielders or defenders. is he Giroud, even if I'm not mistaken, Giroud's goals for arsenal alone surpasses that of Emenike for both Club and Country.
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by jordanice007: 12:52pm On Nov 18, 2014|
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by jordanice007: 1:09pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Agreed Ambrose is an issue.
I think Egwekwe's major problem is his inability to think fast and make quick decisions
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by blemon44(m): 1:31pm On Nov 18, 2014|
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by HrtBrkSteve(m): 1:32pm On Nov 18, 2014|
U play paSs them?
Just let these guys exhibits what they got, and stop crucifying them, Chai! Nigerians, no one is perfect in his/her fields.
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Nobody: 1:32pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Must He drop someone?
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Nobody: 1:32pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Sorry, I dont really know football
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Goke7: 1:35pm On Nov 18, 2014|
if emenike is dropped that is the beginning of another media war between keshi and emenike, remember we just concluded that of keshi and uche, can we afford that now? certainly not, it will be another chance for keshi's haters to score some cheap points.
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Mayor21(m): 1:36pm On Nov 18, 2014|
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by MadCow1: 1:36pm On Nov 18, 2014|
We all know that the Through pass Mikel played towards Emenike that led to the Penalty can be liken to an Eclipse.. The last time Mikel played a forward through pass, Lionel Messi had no World player trophy..
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|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Nobody: 1:37pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Drop himself & 2 of his best (incompetent) crew.
Just my honest opinion.
God bless Nigeria
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by hazyfm: 1:37pm On Nov 18, 2014|
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by laurel03(m): 1:38pm On Nov 18, 2014|
let me consult ifa first...
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Kunleskey(m): 1:38pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Hmmm!suggestion... Different pple with different opinion and different idea...why them?
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by VanTee20(m): 1:39pm On Nov 18, 2014|
3 players kini?
Almost all of them did not play well against Congo. They really need to up their game against S/A.
|Re: Three Players Keshi Should Drop For South Africa Clash by Kunleskey(m): 1:40pm On Nov 18, 2014|
But why emenike
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